Zabb-E-Lee means “very delicious” in Thai, so it’s no wonder why the best cooking class in Chiang Mai has been named after that phrase.
The Best Cooking Class In Chiang Mai
As soon as class started, we knew we’d picked the right cooking class in Chiang Mai. Anne’s bright smile and outgoing personality were contagious as she introduced herself and told us a little about what we’d be doing over the next few hours.
The first thing we did was decide what meals we would be making. There were a lot of options to choose from! So after careful consideration, we all told her which appetizer, soup, stir fried meal, curry paste, and curry meal we wanted to make.
Next, we were driven to the Ming Muang Market, a nearby market where Anne gets her ingredients from. She told us about the different vegetables and noodles we’d be using and also let us know some alternate ingredients we could use if we couldn’t find certain items once we got back home. We were also given a few minutes to wander and explore the market on our own.
Once we got back, we were separated into groups based on the meal we were about to cook. Ingredients were laid out and we were told how to cut or smash each of them. Once that was done, we moved from the prepping area to the cooking stations. We each had our own station, which was really cool.
We cooked, then ate. Then we cooked some more, and ate some more. We were there for 5 amazing hours, learning and absorbing everything Anne said. And she had everything timed very well.
When you thought you couldn’t eat another bite, you started cooking again. Once you were done, you realized you could definitely eat more. Especially after getting a whiff of the plate!
The five meals we chose were: spring rolls, coconut milk soup, pad thai, khao soy curry paste, and khao soy curry noodles. And there is no doubt that Anne is an amazing teacher because everything we made that day was DELICIOUS!! Oh, and fyi, we are now addicted to Pad Thai!
Dessert was also included with dinner. It was a yummy sticky rice with mango that Anne showed us how to make. Hopefully we’ll be able to recreate all of the dishes we made since we were given cookbooks that have detailed instructions and pictures.
Anne had us dying laughing the whole time too; she’s pretty hilarious! And she’s an inspiration too. She was only 28 years old when she started this cooking class and she has created a business that is thriving! In fact, she now offers an all day cooking class at an organic farm as well!
She teaches classes every day. She is an incredibly hard worker, and she does it all because she genuinely loves what she does. Her father taught her how to cook at a young age and her passion for food and cooking is obvious.
A Few Cooking Class Tips:
- We recommend reserving a spot in class a few weeks in advance since they fill up pretty quickly. You can do so by emailing Anne at [email protected] or by sending her a message to her Facebook page which she checks and updates regularly.
- If you’d like to be picked up from your hostel/hotel, let her know. If you’re within a certain distance you can be picked up and dropped off after class.
- Water, tea, and coffee are complimentary but have cash on you if you’d like to purchase soda or beer.
- Let Anne know if you are a vegetarian or vegan; she can make the necessary adjustments.
- There are two class times for classes in the old town (9am to 2pm and 4:30pm to 9pm). We chose to do the evening class because we figured the weather would be a bit cooler. We’re also glad we chose the evening class because after all that food we just wanted to go straight to bed and go into a mini food coma.
- The full day class at an organic farm is from 9am to 3:30pm.
- For more information, you can visit the Zabb-E-Lee website.
Final Thoughts On The Best Cooking Class In Chiang Mai
We really can’t recommend Anne’s class enough; it really was one of the highlights of our trip to Thailand. We all left class feeling happy and very full. It’s definitely the best cooking class in Chiang Mai!
Do you like to take cooking classes when you travel? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂